57 Ways to Say “I Love You” to YourSELF
Happy Valentines Day!
Valentine’s Day is the day of LOVE… a time to show LOVE to yourSELF, your main squeeze, your kids, your friends… it is just a FEEL-GOOD day all around.
EXCEPT… you might not be feeling like you are ‘equipped’ to love. You may feel distracted, exhausted, emotionallydrained, or just lost. If you are struggling with an eating disorder right now then it is VERY likely that you have TOTALLY FORGOTTEN ‘how” to love yourself, and we all know the ‘old but true’ saying that “If you can’t love yourself fully, strongly & unconditionally… then you cannot love anyone ELSE that way either”.
Because I remember being in that SAME PLACE emotionally (actually I HATED Valentine’s Day because it just reminded me of everything that I WANTED and DID NOT HAVE… like an honest & loving relationship, a feeling of joy about who I was, or a feeling of self-confidence in expressing my feelings of love toward others)… I wanted to give you some ideas about how to start the journey BACK to loving yourself.
You might be thinking “Why would I focus on such a selfish thing on Valentines Day? Loving mySELF? Only a jerk would be so self centred… well I assure you that once you LOVE yourSELF… you will not be able to STOP YOURSELF from telling everyone around you all the amazing and wonderful ways that they make you smile, laugh, joyful, and yes… feel LOVE for them.
Loving yourSELF can actually be the GREATEST GIFT you can give to the important people in your life.
When you put yourself down, or resist seeing the amazing things about yourSELF… then you actually send a message to those around you that it is NOT OK to love yourself. But if you LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE… then you unconsciously attract and encourage every person in your life to do the same!
- taking some quiet time to do something for yourself that you’ve been putting off
- learning a new skill or celebrating a talent you have
- speaking loving words and having loving thoughts about who you are and what you do
- making choices that give you mental, emotional, physical and spiritual balance and peace
- and many many more!
You will see how contagious ‘self-love’ really is… because when we are not pre-occupied with hating ourselves, and having mental conversations with ourselves about ‘how much we suck’…. then we are OPEN to be present with others, to appreciate them, to express our feelings for them… and OUR LUV CUP OVERFLOWS INTO THEIRS… so we become a ‘love-giver’ instead of a love-stealer.
If you want to be known as a light in the world, who makes others around you feel appreciated, encouraged and special… then FIRST you have to… LOVE YOU.
So let’s get that mission started right now :)
P. S. Make sure that you SHARE what YOU DID today to LOVE yourSELF by leaving a comment below the article Heinz 57 – A random list of 57 Ways to Say “I love you” to yourSELF. Remember when we share with others how we LOVE ourSELVES… we send them subliminal messages that give them permission to do the same! If your self-love activity is not listed here in this article then share it with us in the comments!
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